A Prime Analysis episode by Strategy International
On our next web series episode of “Prime Analysis,” we welcome Lt. Gen. Demokritos Zervakis (Rt). General (Rt) Zervakis is the former Chief of the Cypriot National Guard.
In this episode, we analyze the international security environment. We attempt to decipher the regional, European, and international proximity and security space. We examine and analyze the current state of international affairs and the new or changing security landscape in and around Cyprus and Europe. We attempt to shed light on possible solutions that could come shortly. By examining the current state of war situations in Ukraine, the Middle East, and Africa, we also look at the levels of collaboration and cooperation from the eyes of a decision-maker and the experience of the former chief of the Cypriot National Guard. We discuss life experiences, personality, life path, and the options ahead. We analyze current security and strategy cases and attempt to forecast future elements while pursuing a new or renewed secure landscape and architecture.
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Lt. Gen. Demokritos Zervakis (Rt) is the former Chief of the Cypriot National Guard. He was the Commander of the 1st Army/EU OHQ, Hellenic Army for two years. Zervakis was born in 1961, in Mochos Heraklion, Crete. He graduated from the Hellenic Military Academy (Evelpidon) in 1983 and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Artillery.
He holds an International and European Studies Degree (Panteion University GREECE) and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies (HULL University, UK). Having been a member of the IISS from 1997 to 2014. Additionally, he has a Computer Analysis and Programming certificate from the Hellenic Center of Productivity (ELKEPA).
He has successfully attended the Basic and Advanced Courses of the Hellenic Artillery School along with various other military schools, including the Basic Parachutist Course. He is also a Hellenic Army War College graduate, the Hellenic National Defence College, the U.S. Artillery Basic Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
His service record includes assignments as a battery Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, and Deputy Battalion Commander in various Artillery units and as an instructor and staff officer at the Research and Development Department of the Hellenic Artillery School. He has commanded the 194 MLRS (as his first Commander achieving operational capability) and the 156 Self Propelled 155mm PzH units. He has also served from 1993 to 1994, in the UNIKOM mission in Kuwait-Iraq as a Military Observer and Personnel Staff Officer. Serving as a staff officer in the Hellenic Military Representation to the EUMC, from 2002 to 2005, he was a member of the one-year Hellenic Presidency in CSDP. During that period, he was the staff officer on Concept Development and Operations, working among other on EU Common ESDP Training, Rapid Response (Battlegroups) and Capability Development. He served from 2007 to 2009, as Director of the Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff Office and from 2010 to 2012, as Director of the Defence Policy Directorate of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff. From 2012 to 2014, he commanded the 96th National Guard Brigade Level Command (CHIOS). From 2014 to 2016 he assumed, as Major General, for 2 years the duties of Chief of Staff of the National Guard General Staff of the Republic of Cyprus. This was followed by his posting as Director, of the Artillery Directorate of the Hellenic Army General Staff. From 2017 and for 2 years, upon decision of the Governmental Council for Foreign and Defense Affairs, he was the Commanding General of the 1st Hellenic Army/EU- OHQ. In 2018, he was appointed by the EU and served as Operational Commander during the EU Hybrid Exercise Multilayer 18 (Parallel and Coordinated Exercise)
Lieutenant General Demokritos Zervakis (Rt) has been awarded with all the Hellenic commendations and medals provided for his duties, including Grand Commander of the Order of Honour, Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix and the Medal of 1st Class Military Merit. He has also been awarded with the United Nations Medal, the medal of the National Guard of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the Silver Medal for National Defense of the Defense Ministry and the Medal of the Order of the National Merit, of the French Republic. He speaks English and French.
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